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#RedDeerStrong – Can’t go to see art? Enjoy Red Deer’s 2020 Online Arts Festival!

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Local visual, literary and performing artists take to the online stage

The year 2020 has taken quite a unique turn in the past couple of months, but digital communications and the arts have taken a forefront position as people spend more time at home, physical distancing and staying safe and healthy. While the Red Deer Arts Council’s Kiwanis Art Gallery is closed, we are taking the opportunity to share creativity of all genres through our website and social media with the 2020 Online Arts Festival.

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With grant funding from the City of Red Deer Culture Services, the arts council is pleased to be able to support participating artists in sharing their work through artist fees for this juried exhibition open to Central Alberta and Red Deer artists of all ages in performing, literary and visual disciplines.

This online festival will celebrate visual, performing, and literary arts through emailed submissions to the Red Deer Arts Council and provide local contributors with an artist fee for their participation in this juried project.

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Whether a dancer, actor, writer, singer, painter or poet, artists of all kinds will share their talent and creativity through images and video performances or tutorials on the Red Deer Arts Council’s online platforms.

Aaron Burd

This unique and exciting exhibition will exist on all arts council social media platforms and our website:
https://www.reddeerartscouncil.ca/online-arts-festival

https://www.facebook.com/reddeerartscouncil/

https://twitter.com/RDArtsCouncil

https://www.instagram.com/rdartscouncil/

Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present the 2020 Online Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, which runs from May 1st to 31st and July 1st to 31st, 2020, with a pause for a special presentation in June

Markus Spiske

INFORMATION FOR ARTIST

2020 Online Arts Festival – Call for Submissions

We are calling on artists of all kinds in Red Deer to submit performance videos and images of 2D, 3D and written words to [email protected] for sharing with the wider community! This call is open to artists of all ages and genres.  The only restriction is that we ask that YOU have created the work! We are also inviting artists to create tutorial videos (approximately 10 – 20 minutes) demonstrating a specific element of your artistry to be shared as well!

Your work will be shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on a specific page on our website!

Video submissions might include: a drawing or painting lesson, a dance number (please credit the musical artists for the audio.) a scene or monologue from a play, a song or a reading from a piece of our written material.

Images might include: a photo of your painting, drawing, photograph or sculptural work, an image of your written page.  Images will be credited to the artist with a label card overlaid on the image to help protect your copyright.  Videos and images will be credited in post descriptions / commentary and any artist statements submitted will be likewise shared.

The Fine Print:  The Red Deer Arts Council, a Not-For-Profit Charity that receives public and private funding, will jury all submissions received for the appropriateness (in a public all-ages sphere) and for the quality of the content and reserve the right to curate all works that are shared by our professional arts service organization.

We ask that works not have been displayed in the Red Deer Arts Council’s Kiwanis Gallery during a prior exhibition or be previously shared online in the year 2020.

Submission Details and Criteria:

  • This Juried Online Festival exhibition is an open call to all Visual, Literary and Performing artists in Red Deer and Central Alberta.

  • Digital image files for visual art works must be titled according to the completed Application & Declaration Form (attached) and labeled with the Title of the Work, Media, Date, Value for sale, and the Name of the Artist;

  • Video files should be named with the piece being performed/read. Works performed should be original works or have received permission from the identified creator; if another’s music is used for dance pieces, please note credit for the performer and songwriters.

  • Video Tutorials should be approximately 10-20 minutes and should be edited prior to submission.

  • Works should not have previously been exhibited in the Kiwanis Gallery, nor shared elsewhere online or on social media in 2019 or 2020.

  • Jurors will remain Anonymous and will judge content on acceptability in a public all-ages forum as well as for quality.

  • Submission may be sent electronically with digital file attachments or for large size files, a link to a functioning downloadable file is acceptable.

  • Artist Fee Structure for this festival:

  • $50 for the 1st piece, $25 for subsequent pieces to a max of $100 per artist.

  • Kids’ work (up to age 15, inclusive) will receive $25 for one item in gift card format (from a select list.)

  • For video tutorials, $50 per video tutorial (approx. 10-20 minutes) to a maximum payment of $100 per artist.

In your emailed submission, please include:

  • Your complete, signed (digital signatures accepted) Application & Declaration Form

  • Your images in .JPG or .PNG format and videos in .MOV or .MP4 file types (or similar, be sure it functions and is accessible.) Please name your file with the work title, corresponding to the attached form. You may also mail a USB key with your files to 110-4818 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 4A3.

  • Your Artist Statement referring to the works (what inspired you), if applicable

  • A short Biography detailing your experience (approximately 2-3 sentences)

  • A list of your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram handles or webpage addresses so you can be tagged in the post

Submissions will be received on an ongoing basis until July 25, 2020. Incomplete submissions will be returned.

 

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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DISTINGUISHED & EMERGING ARTIST AWARDS JUNE 2022

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Lac La Biche County and Portage College have been making plans for a community celebration to honour three new 2021 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists. Given the ongoing COVID-19 related challenges of convening in person, Portage College, Lac La Biche County, and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation have moved the celebration to June 11, 2022.

This change has provided a new opportunity: for the first time in the Awards’ history, the host community of Lac La Biche County will celebrate both the 2021 Distinguished Artists and up to 10 new 2022 Emerging Artists.

Her Honour Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, says she is looking forward to honouring the Distinguished and Emerging Artists next summer in Lac La Biche.

“I appreciate the tremendous work that the community has already invested into this special celebration, and I know that the 2022 awards will be well worth the wait. In the meantime, I offer my heartfelt thanks to all of the artists, administrators and patrons across Alberta for everything that you are doing to keep the arts a vibrant part of our lives and our communities during this extraordinary time.”

The organizers look forward to hosting this prestigious event and showcasing Alberta’s diverse arts scene. Their June 2022 plans include opportunities to chat with artists, outdoor community celebrations featuring an Art Walk and Market, art classes and demonstrations, an artist retreat, and a celebratory awards gala.

Click to learn more about the Foundation.

 

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Update: Virtual concert raises more than $40K for Cancer Research

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This weekend’s Jammin’ For a Cure concert raised more the $40,000 for Cancer Research, with funds raised being earmarked for the work of Dr. Michael Chu, a clinician scientist at the Cross Cancer Institute. His research is for a new treatment known as Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy.

The 18 hour live performance was a great event.  If you missed it, we have the links right here for you.

Friday:  Click here 

Saturday: Click here.

If you missed the show on the weekend, check it whenever you wish, and share it. The concert featured some really good performance from local, regional, national, and international artists.  A highlight for me was El Niven and the Alibi. After doing some crazy tours, one from Tijuana to La Paz, performing fully amplified street concerts, and another from Edmonton to New York, across to L.A. and back to Edmonton.  More than 400 shows over 3 years hones your skill, and this trio has a ton of skill.

Here’s a video they recently released called Likker.   If you like the thoughts of a mash up between a 6’5″ Freddie Mercury, Frank Zappa, Commander Cody, and then you put an old worn telecaster in this volatile combination of a man’s hands, and say to him, go out and do something magical, and maybe just a bit crazy, then El Niven should appeal to you. Click here to learn more about El Niven and the Alibi.

Original story from March 26, 2021

I think we can all agree that few of us have been touched more by cancer than any other disease. One of the organizations trying to make a difference is the Cure Cancer Foundation, founded by a group of volunteers with a desire to more directly fund research and treatment programs.

And, what better way to raise money than with live music. Let’s face, it’s been an awful year without clubs and bars open, and no concerts and festivals. So maybe take a break from Netflix this weekend and take some time and catch some amazing talent, many of whom you’ve listened to in your favourite venue over the years. Many have been very busy creating new work during this last year and I’m sure you’ll hear some excellent new music throughout the weekend. In fact, here’s something recent from Brett Kissell.

Juno and multi-CCMA winner Clayton Bellamy

Jammin’ For a Cure is a live concert event taking place over 18 hours, starting tonight at 6 PM when Alberta’s own Brett Kissel kicks off a night of great music with artists that include Clayton Bellamy, Martin Kerr, and Jesse Roads.  (The full list of talent and the schedule is below).

Saturday, the music begins at noon with Confounded Dials.  Some excellent solo artists and bands will perform throughout the day, including Josh Sahunta, Dahlia and the Villains, Stephanie Harpe Experience, Maria Dunn, Stevon Kayla, and John Hewitt.

Alfie Zappacosta kicks of the evening slate of acts Saturday night at 6 PM followed by artists like Hailey Benedict, Bardic Form, Amy Metcalfe, Kesara Kimo and guest Evrlove, and runs right through to 11:40 PM with Canadian Coldwater Revival closing the show.

I have been invited to appear on this bill as well and I’m pretty pumped to strap on a guitar and perform on Saturday at 3:40 PM for a 20 minute set. Having lost my mom to ovarian cancer in 1994, I do what I can to help.

And a big shout out to Jon Beckett and his talented, experienced team at Edmonton’s Production World for making all of this possible.

Remember these are free concerts.

Here’s the link for Friday (tonight).

Here is the link for Saturday.

Friday Line up

6-6:40 PM Brett Kissel

7-7:40 PM FKB

7:40-8 PM Olivia Rose

8-8:40 PM Clayton Bellamy

8:40-9 PM Stevon and Kayla Artis

9-9:40 PM Martin Kerr

10-10:40 PM Jesse Roads

11-11:40 PM Guitarface

Saturday starting at noon

12-12:40 PM Confounded Dials

12:40-1 PM Tracy Lynn Byrne

1-1:40 PM Josh Sahunta

1:40-2 PM Brenda Dirk

2-2:40 PM Dahlia and the Villains

2:40-3 PM Kaylee Caura-Lee

3-3:40 PM Kane Incognito

3:40-4 PM Lloyd Lewis

4-4:40 PM Stephanie Harpe Experience

4:40-5 PM Maria Dunn

5-5:40 PM Stevon Kayla and the Heavenly Band

5:40-6 PM John Hewitt

6-6:40 PM Alfie Zappacosta

6:40-7 PM Hailey Benedict

7-7:40 PM Bardic Form

7:40-8 PM Amy Metcalfe

8-8:40 PM El Niven and the Alibi

8:40-9 PM Darrell Barr

9-9:40 PM Kesaro and Guest Artist Evrlove

9:40-10 PM Danny Floyd Cole

10-10:40 PM Jusjrdn and DJ Kwake

10:40-11 PM Mightberea

11-11:40 PM Canadian Coldwater Revival

The whole purpose is to raise money.  Here’s the link to make a donation right now.

As well, there’s a host of great silent auction items you can bid on, from autographed jerseys to signed guitars. Click here to get started.

About Cure Cancer Foundation

Cancer doesn’t stop. No matter what’s going on in the world, Cancer is always there, hurting those we love. Jammin’ For A Cure will be raising money for Dr. Michael Chu, a clinician scientist at the Cross Cancer Institute, who is leading the charge with a new treatment known as Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy.

This therapy turbocharges the immune system to create killer immune cells that can wipe out cancers. This alters the patient’s own cells to be a new “barcode reader” and find the hiding cancer cells. This treatment is predicted to make the most significant difference in blood cancers such as multiple myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma patients, even those with multiply relapsed cancers.

We want to help fund great research like this to help Albertans, and people everywhere, receive the treatment they need. Your support will provide hope to people who would otherwise die of their cancer – despite all the best-known treatments. You are giving people a better chance of a cancer-free outcome and more time with their families, friends, and loved ones.

Todayville is very happy to support this event. Click here to read more stories on Todayville.

 

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